Folau blames Australia's devastating bush fires on gay marriage and abortion

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Israel Folau, the former Australia international, delivered a sermon in which he blamed bush fires on gay marriage and abortion.
Israel Folau, the former Australia international, delivered a sermon in which he blamed bush fires on gay marriage and abortion.

Sacked Wallabies international Israel Folau has blamed gay marriage and abortion for the bush fires devastating Australia.

Firefighters are reported to be tackling 120 blazes across the country, with 303 homes said to have been lost in New South Wales over the past week.

Folau, a devout Christian, had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia in April for a "high-level breach" after he posted "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" on Instagram.

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On Sunday, footage emerged of the 30-year-old delivering a sermon at the Church of Jesus Christ in Kenthurst, claiming the bush fires are a message from God over same-sex marriage and abortion laws.

"God's word says for a man and a woman to be together, one man and one woman in the covenant of marriage to be together," Folau told those in attendance. 

"They've changed that law and have now legalised same-sex marriage.

"Abortion, it's okay now to murder and kill infants, unborn children, and they deem that to be okay.

"You have changed the law and changed the ordinance of these things, look how rampant these bush fires, these droughts...all these things have come in a short period of time. Do you think it's a coincidence or not?

"God is speaking to you guys, Australia. You need to repent." 

Rugby Australia and Folau failed to reach a settlement in June over the full-back's sacking and an unfair dismissal case began in court in August.

The former Waratahs back had been previously warned over his online posts in 2018.

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